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  • Greenland: Untamed Hiking Adventure
Overview

Discover a wild, untouched landscape, and one of the last frontiers of travel.

A short flight from Iceland and we find ourselves in a new world — one in which roads are the exception and nature is practically untouched. This adventure provides the perfect introduction to Greenland’s untamed landscape. We’ll begin to understand the raw power of nature while exploring ancient glaciers, kayaking among glistening icebergs, walking the windswept interior, and traveling through fjords via Zodiac boat. Greenland may seem like an inhospitable place, but we’ll visit idyllic villages and Inuit towns to meet local Greenlanders who eke out a living in this harsh climate. And no visit to Greenland is complete without seeing the Viking ruins of explorer Erik the Red.

From Viking history to Inuit culture, and from blue-tinged ice to grassy valleys, after each adventurous day, we’ll relax in comfortable (and warm) hotels before peeking outside to see if the Northern Lights have made an appearance. A couple of days in Greenland will challenge your assumptions, but 8 days will shatter your expectations completely.

Please note: Travel in Greenland requires a flexible attitude. Our days are full and things don’t always run on time. The activities and visits listed in this itinerary are not guaranteed, but we endeavor to do our best to provide this itinerary as described. Accommodations may not be up to the standards you are used to. We ask all our guests to appreciate the authenticity of your cultural encounters as well as the people, food, culture, and adventures that are exceptional in their difference.

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Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Fly from Iceland to Greenland

Our flight from Iceland provides dramatic views of the icefields of Greenland and a glimpse of the adventures that await. Upon our late afternoon arrival at the Narsarsuaq airport, we are met by our local guide. The mighty nature that surrounds Narsarsuaq -- fjord waters spotted with turquoise icebergs and the deep valley that points directly toward the Greenland Ice Sheet -- beckons to be explored.

We transfer to our hotel to check-in and have a briefing of what lies ahead. Settle in to your room, or stretch your legs with a short walk around this small community before our welcome dinner, where we'll toast the grand Greenlandic adventure ahead.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsarsuaq
Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Hotel Narsarsuaq offers an ideal location for local hiking and kayaking adventures, while providing all the necessary amenities.

Day 2

Qassiarsuk Village and “Iceberg Bay”

  • Activity Overview: Walking and sea kayaking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours (walking); 1-2 hours (sea kayaking)

A short water transfer takes us across the Tunulliarfik Fjord to the small village of Qassiarsuk, founded in 1924. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, this area is the most comprehensive and rich example of both Viking and Greenlandic farming histories. Several large, cattle-based Viking farms and numerous other sites can be found here, and it continues to be the core farming area for modern Greenlanders. We will walk through the village of about 50 inhabitants, mostly farmers, before arriving at Brattahlid, capital of Viking Greenland, where we will visit the ruins of the settlement founded by Erik the Red in the year 985. We'll hear about medieval farms and sagas of exploration while standing in the same spots that Erik the Red and Viking settlers stood over a millennium ago.

After our Viking experience, we'll travel by 4x4 to the beautiful Tasiusaq farm. Here, just seven people live in relative isolation next to Sermilik Fjord, which is almost always blocked by icebergs coming from the Eqaloruutsit Glacier. We enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the windswept landscape before an optional kayak excursion in "Iceberg Bay." This 2-hour adventure is suitable for all levels and brings us up-close to the magnificent icebergs that fill the bay.

We will return to Narsarsuaq in the afternoon with time to relax or take a short walk around this small community.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsarsuaq
Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Hotel Narsarsuaq offers an ideal location for local hiking and kayaking adventures, while providing all the necessary amenities.

Day 3

Qaqortoq

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

We begin the day traveling from Narsarsuaq to Qaqortoq via speed boat, navigating the complex system of fjords and passing numerous icebergs, admiring the beauty of their vertical ice walls. Be on the lookout for eagles and hawks overhead and playful seals on the shore or in the water.

Qaqortoq, founded in 1775, is the capital of South Greenland and home to more than 3,000 residents. It is often described as the most charming and attractive town in all Greenland, and on a guided city tour, we will discover the beauty of its colorful buildings, awe-inspiring landscapes, and some of the thirty rock sculptures spread over the town. We will also visit the museum, the traditional kayak club, the church, and the only fountain in the country.

In the afternoon, we have free time to relax or for further exploration. Dinner is on your own this evening, and you may choose to enjoy a drink at the local bar!

Accommodations

Hotel Qaqortoq
Qaqortoq, Greenland

Perched on a hill overlooking the harbor, the warm and inviting Hotel Qaqortoq offers comfortable accommodation with an authentic Greenlandic atmosphere.

Day 4

Hvalsoy Island and Boat Transfer to Narsaq

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: 1-2 hours

This morning we depart by boat for Hvalsoy or "Whale Island." This island is known for the ruins of the 14th-century Hvalsoy Church, the best-preserved Greenland church and the site of the last written record in the ancient Greenlandic Norse language. The stunning fells and surrounding fjord have changed little over the centuries, and it's easy to see why the site was chosen for a church.

After returning to Qaqortoq, and as South Greenland is dominated by its coast, we once again board a boat for a water transfer to Narsaq, considered a sub-Arctic Riviera. Narsaq is one of the most striking agricultural towns in Greenland and situated in a fjord system known for hiking, mineral deposits, and cowboy history.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsaq
Narsaq, Greenland

Located in the scenic Narsaq fishing village, Hotel Narsaq is a small, family-run hotel, featuring all amenities needed for a pleasant stay.

Day 5

Glacier Walk

  • Activity Overview: Hiking with crampons
  • Activity Level: 1-2 hours
  • Activity Length: Moderate

This morning, we set off towards Greenland's ice cap for our glacier excursion. We'll navigate along the glacier fronts by speed boat, where we can admire the beauty of their ice walls and the tremendous ice field that extends more than 6 miles into the sea. Upon arrival, we disembark on a sandy beach to meet our expert mountain guide and learn how to use crampons for our walk on the glacier.

Our ice walk is suitable for all, and no experience is necessary. Our guide ensures the safety of the group during the trip while he shares with us his knowledge about the special characteristics of the glaciers in the south of Greenland. Using our crampons, we traverse one of the oldest masses of ice on the planet, exploring crevasses, drains, seracs, and other ice formations that give this glacier an amazing labyrinthine characteristic. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience and is consistently a highlight for visitors to Greenland.

Depending on the weather, we enjoy a picnic lunch near the glacier or on the beach. In the afternoon, we return to Narsaq.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsaq
Narsaq, Greenland

Located in the scenic Narsaq fishing village, Hotel Narsaq is a small, family-run hotel, featuring all amenities needed for a pleasant stay.

Day 6

Narsaq and Igaliku

  • Activity Overview: Walking
  • Activity Level: 2-3 hours
  • Activity Length: Easy to moderate

With about 1,500 inhabitants, Narsaq is the third-most populated town in South Greenland. During the morning, we'll have some free time to stroll around the city and discover the beauty of its colorful buildings. Options include a visit to the local market, fur shops, hunters harbor, or the Greenlandic Museum.

Following lunch on your own, we voyage again by boat to Itilleq. Upon arrival, we start an easy hike to cross the Kongevejen, or "Path of the Kings." Our destination is idyllic Igaliku, a small Inuit hamlet inhabited by 40 people and considered the most beautiful settlement in Greenland. Home to the country's the oldest sheep farming community, summer brings rolling valleys lush with flowers, grazing sheep, and tall grass -- all surrounded by snow-peaked mountains. A collection of sandstone houses, so different from the very distinctive wooden houses in Greenland, draw a portrait of a traditional settlement with an ancient history.

Here, we'll delve a bit further into Greenland's culture and history, meandering among the ruins of Gardar, once the religious capital of Viking Greenland and the seat of the bishop, who owned the largest farm in the country. We learn about Anders Olsen, a Norwegian who settled and founded Igaliku in the 1700s, and see the unique Igaliku houses.

Accommodations

Igaliku Country Hotel
Igaliku, Greenland

Igaliku Country Hotel offers cozy and comfortable accommodation and delicious Greenlandic meals served in their café. Please note: this hotel has shared bathroom facilities.

Day 7

Igaliku and Qooroq Ice Fjord

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: 3-4 hours

Early risers can enjoy the morning light on the Einars fjord and the quiet stillness of this remote environment. After breakfast, we walk through the village and explore rugged surroundings and the lush valley.

We then hike back to Itilleq for a boat trip to Qooroq Fjord, what may be the most active and spectacular glacier in South Greenland. The power of nature is awe-inspiring as we are caught in the chaotic ice floating around us. We maneuver among these oversized ice cubes until the density becomes too great to continue and we must turn around to continue back to Narsarsuaq.

After returning to the hotel where we began our journey, there is time to relax or walk around town. We recommend visiting the Narsarsuaq Museum, which focuses on the history of Viking settlers and tells the story of a little-known American airbase that operated during World War II. It's a tidy museum that showcases the town's history from ancient times.

For those wishing for something active, a short hike from behind our hotel brings us to a view point where we can admire the fjord, Narsarsuag Plain, and Kiattut Glacier.

We'll gather tonight for a farewell dinner to toast our successful journey together.

Accommodations

Hotel Narsarsuaq
Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Hotel Narsarsuaq offers an ideal location for local hiking and kayaking adventures, while providing all the necessary amenities.

Day 8

Hike to the Flower Valley; Departure from Greenland

  • Activity Overview: Hiking
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: 3-4 hours

We have saved what is perhaps the best hike, and certainly the most famous, for last -- the Flower Valley. The valley was formed by a retreating glacier and subsequent glacial sedimentation that was left in its wake. This spectacular hike among an abundance of wildflowers offers remarkable views of the Kiattut Glacier -- the perfect backdrop for our last photos of this extraordinary country.

We return to Narsarsuaq and have time for a few last photos before our flights back to Iceland.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2018
Trip Length

8 Days

Trip Dates

Sep 4-11, 2018

2018 Land Cost

$5,495 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$850 Per Person

Reykjavik, Iceland to Narsarsuaq, Greenland (roundtrip)

Single Supplement

First one reserved: $0

Additional: $550

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodation
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • All on-tour ground and water transport
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
Single Supplement Policy

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.

What To
Expect

What To Expect

Greenland Travel

Travel in Greenland can be quite different from other destinations and requires a flexible attitude. While we do our best to adhere to the activities and visits listed in our itinerary, please note that our days are full, plans don't always run on time, and a firm schedule cannot be guaranteed. Our itinerary is subject to change so that we can adapt the journey to accommodate weather conditions, sea conditions, or technical complications. Greenland is the wildest country in the northern hemisphere; infrastructure is almost non-existent, and logistics can be challenging. Some activities may be cancelled because of weather or ice conditions. As they say in Greenland, "the weather is boss."

A note about accommodations

Greenland's accommodations tend to be simple, but clean and comfortable. The hotels and inns we have selected for this trip are the best available, offering a sense of place and the necessary amenities. However, the accommodations on this trip are not typical of the Boundless Journeys experience, and even the nicest properties in Greenland do not come close to equaling the accommodations on other trips. One night in our itinerary has shared bathroom facilities.

A note about meals

Most restaurants in Greenland serve food similar to what is found in Denmark and other Nordic countries. Prices are on par with those in Denmark, and French fries often accompany generous main dishes. There are also a surprising number of Thai restaurants in Greenland, but no matter what type of cuisine is offered, most restaurants will feature reindeer, whale, and other traditional favorites on their menus.

While the food in Greenland is healthy and nourishing, it is simple and may not live up to the international standards that you expect. Supplies are often hard to obtain, and restaurants may close unexpectedly requiring us to find last minute alternatives. If you travel to Greenland with this in mind, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited. Please inform us of specific dietary restrictions by completing your Guest Questionnaire.

Physical Activity

Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. This trip is rated 2, easy to moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks and hikes on this trip are easy to moderate day hikes. Walks and hikes generally are from 2-4 hours in length with minimal vehicle support.

Preparing for this trip

It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The better prepared you are for the activities, the more you will enjoy yourself. As a general guideline, we suggest that you engage in easy to moderate aerobic activities (such as walking, hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability (consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program). Please contact us if you have any doubts regarding your physical match with this tour.

When to go

The best time to visit Greenland is during the months of June through September. High temperatures this time of year are typically between 47° and 57° F, with lows between 37° and 46°F. Rainfall is possible any time, so be prepared for all types of weather. The months of August and September provide the best opportunities to view the Northern Lights.

Traveling to and From

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Arrival and Departure: Keflavik International Airport, Keflavik, Iceland (airport code KEF)

Please note: Boundless Journeys will be purchasing your airline ticket for you from Iceland to Greenland (roundtrip).

Meeting Time and Place:
Narsarsuaq Airport; Narsarsuaq, Greenland (airport code UAK) upon the arrival of your flight from Iceland.

Departure Time and Place:
Narsarsuaq, Greenland in time for the departure of your flight to Iceland.

Pre-tour Iceland Extension: Boundless Journeys will be offering a 3 night / 4 day Iceland extension prior to our trip in Greenland. Please contact us for details.

$5,495 / person* *airfare not included
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  • Departure Dates: Sep 4-11, 2018


Activity Level 2 Easy to Moderate

Easy to moderate walking, hiking, and sea kayaking 2-4 hours per day

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